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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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Thames Low Tide

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I like tidal waters! There's one other shot that I also like, posted
with the Gherkin.

Euphro says:

What an interesting shot! I don't think I've seen the Thames at such a low ebb. It alsmost looks like there is a beach there :)

6th Jun 2007, 17:01

Caine says:

I like these! Very, very nice.

6th Jun 2007, 23:02

Helen says:

A good place to scuffle about looking for old bits of pot.

6th Jun 2007, 23:04

Geodyne says:

The tides in the Thames fascinate me. You've captured them really well here.

7th Jun 2007, 14:56

MaggieD says:

Gosh, you must have got down and dirty in the Thames mud for some of these shots ... ace :)

7th Jun 2007, 20:11

factotum says:

Although there were some steps and ramps, these were all taken from the Embankment. I was tempted to go down, but people were getting tired of my falling behind to take photographs. If I'd known that there were old bits of pots down there! Oh well.

8th Jun 2007, 13:34

FilbertFox says:

factotum getting down and dirty in the thames. Glad you did, lovely shots

8th Jun 2007, 20:28